Truth: Truth Or Dare


Yesterday, we kicked off Truth Week with a post about uncovering our the hidden truths in our lives (Truth:  You Can’t Handle The Truth).  Today, we continue the discussion with a look at truth from a different angle.

You’ve probably heard of the game Truth or Dare.  I can’t recall ever playing this game, but it’s my understanding that it’s especially popular at girls’ sleepover parties.  In this game, kids are given a choice of telling a truth or following through on a dare.

Here are the rules according to Wikipedia:

One player starts the game by asking another to choose “Truth or Dare?” If the player chooses “truth”, then the first player poses a question, usually an embarrassing one, which the second player must answer truthfully. If the player instead chooses “dare”, then the first player sets them a task, often an embarrassing or dangerous one, which player two must perform. After answering the question or performing the dare, that player asks “Truth or Dare?” of another player, and the game continues.

A player cannot choose truth more than twice in a row, and dares cannot be repeated. Also, a player’s dare cannot be to take back a previous dare. In some games player use a random method such as in Spin the Bottle to select a player to question, or cue cards marked “truth” and “dare” to choose which question to ask. Should a player refuse to answer a question or fail to complete a dare, they may be given an even more challenging dare or question. In one variant of the game, players must always start by asking a “Truth” question – if the other player refuses to answer, only then can they be given a “Dare”.

From what I gather, Truth or Dare is typically played among good friends.

In yesterday’s post, we talked about the importance of handling truth in our lives.  For many of us, this is easier said than done.  How do we move past the skeletons of our past?  How do we make sure we don’t slide back into the lies that consumed us for so many years?

Truth or Dare is a game of bringing truth to light.  And the game involves friendships.

Dealing with truth in our own lives also involves friendships.  In order to make sure truth prevails, we must find accountability.  We need people in our lives who will ask us the tough questions – who can look us in the eyes and know whether or not we’re telling the truth.  We must have people in our lives who know the true condition of our hearts.

Truth doesn’t have to be a road traveled alone.  Truth can be a road walked with others and bolstered through this wisdom, honesty, and boldness of true friends.  Do you have this kind of friend in your life?  If not, seek it out.  Find someone who will help you live in truth.

It won’t be easy.  It will require vulnerability and transparency.  It will require trust.  But I think you’ll discover that the risk is worth it.  So don’t continue to live in the lies.  Go out and find a friend who will help you find truth.  I dare you.

Is there someone in your life who knows the true condition of your heart?  If not, what’s stopping you from searching out this type of accountability?  What suggestions do you have for others who are seeking this type of relationship?

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  John 14:6